Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dharma Lessons from LeBron James and a Quote by Buddha

I recently came across this article about the Dharma of LeBron James.  I love LeBron.  Being from Miami, I'm a huge Heat fan.  I was so happy when LeBron came here because he's an amazing athlete. My ex-boyfriend even used to joke that I was in love with LeBron because I was such a fan.  LeBron may be the villain of the NBA, but he's still an amazingly talented athlete.

LeBron became infamous for what he said after the Heat lost the finals.  Many people took it as sour grapes, but the above article points out a lesson that can be learned.  Of course he must have been disappointed when the Heat lost; anyone in his position would have been heartbroken.  Sometimes in life, when we're unhappy we wish for the unhappiness of others.  As the old saying goes, misery loves company.  I think LeBron was misinterpreted.  I believe his point was not that he's still a millionaire and that his critics aren't; his point was that his unhappiness does nothing to make his critics happier in the long run.

When I was a child I would always complain about what my brother was doing and what he had that I didn't have.  My mother taught me an important lesson, "Instead of worrying about what other people are doing, worry about yourself."  I think LeBron had a similar point, which could be taken as a dharma lesson, especially if you subscribe to Buddhist beliefs.  All of LeBron's critics can worry about what he's doing, but they still need to worry about their own lives.  Although LeBron's unhappiness may temporarily give his critics a sense of joy, his unhappiness does not truly make them happy. They still suffer, just like everyone else, even if they continue to hate LeBron.  Samsara is the constant cycle of birth, suffering and death.  Everyone is subject to samsara, whether they hate Lebron or not.

Although I love almost all Buddhist quotes, this story reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Buddha:
"Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -Buddha

Go Heatles!


betty-NZ said...

Most folks spend waaaay too much time worrying about others that they can't change. They should concentrate on themselves--the only ones they CAN change! Great post.